Submissions open for ALA Midwinter scholarship sponsored by EBSCO

For Immediate Release
Wed, 10/10/2018


Cheryl Malden

Program Officer


American Library Association


CHICAGO — Submissions are open for the 2019 EBSCO Midwinter Meeting Scholarship. EBSCO provides up to $1,500 to defray the costs of travel and other expenses to the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting being held in Seattle, Jan. 24-29.

The five scholarships will be awarded to librarians responding to the following essay question:

While considering some of the challenges libraries are undergoing (e.g. budgeting and staffing cuts, an "everything is available online" mentality, and efforts to redefine and explain the value of libraries to patrons, students, and/or faculty and administrators) explain how you plan to make your mark on your profession, define what you see as the key issues impacting the future of libraries, and highlight your approach to solving them?

An ALA-designated jury selects the winners based on their 250-word responses. Winners, jury members and ALA representatives are invited to a Scholarship Winners Breakfast that EBSCO hosts during the conference.

Julius C. Jefferson Jr, past EBSCO jury chair and ALA Presidential Candidate notes that, “EBSCO has been a great partner and supporter of one of ALA’s strategic objectives: encouraging professional development. The scholarship will provide selected ALA members the funds necessary to further that objective allowing member to strengthen their professional skill sets through both content and networking opportunities. In a time of tight budgets and competing priorities, the EBSCO scholarship will provide those selected recipients opportunities to experience one of the most exciting and engaging library conferences for sharing ideas and best practices in the world”

The scholarships are given annually to allow more librarians access to the professional development and networking opportunities that the conference offers.

Submissions are due Nov. 6, 2018. Information about how to submit essays is available at:

About ALA
The American Library Association (ALA) is a nonprofit professional organization of more than 57,000 librarians, library trustees, and other friends of libraries dedicated to providing and improving library services and promoting the public interest in a free and open information society:

About EBSCO Information Services
EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the leading discovery service provider for libraries worldwide with more than 11,000 discovery customers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) provides each institution with a comprehensive, single search box for its entire collection, offering unparalleled relevance ranking quality and extensive customization. EBSCO is also the preeminent provider of online research content for libraries, including hundreds of research databases, historical archives, point-of-care medical reference, and corporate learning tools serving millions of end users at tens of thousands of institutions. EBSCO is the leading provider of electronic journals & books for libraries, with subscription management for more than 360,000 serials, including more than 57,000 e-journals, as well as online access to more than 1,000,000 e-books. For more information, visit the EBSCO website at: EBSCO Information Services is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., a family owned company since 1944.